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“Qin, Terracotta warriors exhibiiton”

Bern Historical Museum
Ranked #10 of 82 things to do in Bern
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Owner description: The Bernisches Historisches Museum is one of the most important Museums of cultural history in Switzerland. The collections of archaeology, history and ethnography include approximately 500,000 objects dating from the Stone Age to the present and representing cultures from all over the world. The hydria from Grächwil, the Burgundian tapestries, the diptych from Königsfelden and a series of ethnographical objects as well as coins and medals are all internationally renowned. Besides these, other highlights of the permanent exhibitions include the spectacular Bernese sculptures, two Bernese mayoral thrones and much more. The integrated Einstein Museum offers an account of the life and work of the physicist and places it in a fascinating manner in the context of world history. Temporary exhibitions are regularly staged in the generously proportioned exhibition hall.
Tadcaster, England, United Kingdom
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“Qin, Terracotta warriors exhibiiton”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

In London we probably wouldn't have stood a chance of getting in to see this exhibition by just turning up, but on a soaking Saturday in Bern we got in. The exhibiton is well organised and thorough. Of course it would have been nice to have seen a (very) small army of warriors, but there are about 7 - which was a small disappointment, but understandable. We didn't take the audio guide (though most people did and it makes the exhibition very quiet because veryone is listening - no bad thing to have the peace) but previous experience of these has been that they are a bit long winded - and others are saying the same here. the exhibition can stand witout it if you speak French, German or english.

Visited June 2013
Thank Alison W
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Wonderful museum. Best we've seen in Switzerland.”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

From the permanent exhibits on Einstein and Switzerland/Bern history to the temporary exhibits, this is a great museum to visit while in Switzerland. The museum is larger than you expect and offers a wealth of imagery. Skip the nearby Swiss Alpine Museum and spend your time and money here.

Visited April 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Qin, Terracotta Warriors Exhibition”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

A fantastic exhibition, meticulously planned, and very well organized. The exhibition, leads you from the quirky discovery of the Warriors in 1974 by farmers digging, back through the history of China, to understand why Qin was such a powerful first Emperor, and then onto the fantastic Terracotta Warriors themselves. It is a pleasure to go and see because of the thought and care that has gone into it, and the audio guide offers a comprehensive explanation of everything. Even the shop has been really well stocked with lots of items from China, and guess what? There is a Chinese restaurant at the end. I was lucky enough to go to X'ian and see the real exhibition in 2004. The two criticisms I would have are that the audio guide is a little tedious. I would have preferred more, smaller chunks of information, rather than rambling passages. Also there is no sense of the size of the real site, especially for children. Just one of the pits in X'ian was the size of about 5 football fields, and there are thousands of Warriors. My son, who visited both exhibitions with us walked ahead in Bern, and ran back disappointed saying "They only have 5 of them". Of course they could not have them all, but some graphic for kids would be good. I wish I had time to go round the rest of the Museum as well. I had a flashback to my visit in X'ian when we went to Bern. there was a video of the Farmer who had discovered the Warriors talking. I remembered him! He was in X'ian and signed a book I bought. I love it when history comes into the present and becomes almost tangible. I will definitely go back.

Visited April 2013
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Dudingen, Switzerland
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We went there for the exhibition of the terracotta warriors from China. It was full of people but the organisation was very good as is in any Swiss museum. The only fault was maybe that it was not very clear where to go next. We almost missed to see the actual warriors.

The building of the museum is very pretty, made to look like a castle. There's the a nice view from the top tower over the old town and the river. The museum has several parts, mostly Swiss history, but also a part about Einstein, Egypt and so on.

It is quite a big place so my advice is, when visiting put on good comfortable shoes.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Darina R
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Allschwil, Switzerland
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“Qin - Must see!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a phantastic exhibition about the first emperor of China and its famous army of clay soldiers. Eight original figures from China are on exhibit. The rest of the Museum is also very worthwhile. Plan half a day for this Museum.

Visited April 2013
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